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Reta Halteman Finger - January 2, Lesson 17 - Jesus continues, pursuing the image of bread coming down from heaven. Just as manna came from heaven, so he has come from above to bring life to the world. It is a reminder of incarnation, the Word who descends to human level and lives among us Reta Halteman Finger - December 19, Lesson 16 - "Perhaps one reason I find this analogy meaningful is because I relate to Jesus more as a human and less as a divine figure whose feet rarely touch the ground. Becoming flesh is the point of 'Immanuel—God with us. As a result, they miss the point of the downward thrust of Incarnation.

Reta Halteman Finger - December 5, Yet all they need to do is put their trust in, and give total loyalty to, the One whom God has sent Reta Halteman Finger - November 14, Acting as his own lawyer in Jerusalem , Jesus now dons a Red Cross hat as he heals many on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee This draws a huge crowd, who, out of need or curiosity, forget to pack a lunch. In , the Great Physician becomes Mother Jesus as he personally distributes food to his dependents.

For once in their lives, these peasants eat until they can eat no more. For once, there are leftovers. Reta Halteman Finger - October 31, Here he declares 'not guilty! Reta Halteman Finger - October 18, If we read John , this is exactly what we see. Reta Halteman Finger - September 26, Lesson 11 - "Scholars differ on how the pool was used, but its reputation of having intermittent healing properties when the water bubbled up suggests it may well have been used by Romans and Jews alike as an Asclepion.

The son of the Greek god Apollo was Asclepius, worshiped as a healer and 'savior. Here in the heart of the Holy City came the desperate sick. Whether through Yahweh or Asclepius, all they wanted was health and wholeness. Reta Halteman Finger - September 12, Lesson 10 - The conclusion is distinctly Johannine. Many people witness a miracle but miss what it signifies. Little by little, Jesus gathers believers who can read signs.

Reta Halteman Finger - August 29, Lesson 9 - But place does not matter, asserts Jesus. God is spirit; we must worship God within our spirits, for God is actively seeking such people to relate to This is a bold assertion. For a Jew, only the temple at Jerusalem was sacred. Now Jesus challenges place, just as he had Jewish ritual law at the Cana wedding!

Lesson 4. For a moment she pauses, uncertain. Reta Halteman Finger - August 15, Lesson 8 - The Samaritan woman is neither shepherdess nor virgin, and Jesus is no wife-hunter. But the physical, created world is never seen as evil. Rather, many aspects of our earthly life point the seeker to spiritual reality. We cannot control the wind; likewise we cannot control the Spirit moving among us. Lesson 6 - As we shall see in the lessons that follow, irony pervades these accounts. Theologian Nicodemus never understands Jesus. Before long, dialogue vanishes into a monologue by Jesus as his client creeps away under cover of darkness.

But the nameless woman is the real theologian, conversing longer with Jesus than anyone else in this Gospel. Reta Halteman Finger - June 19, Reta Halteman Finger - June 6, Lesson 3 - Throughout this chapter to verse 42, the persons and careers of the Baptist and Jesus are intertwined. It is powerful, it is essential, but it is unrelentingly secondary. Note how John forcefully defends his authoritative actions, yet asserts he is only an agent of someone else. Reta Halteman Finger - May 24, Lesson 2 - "What would Greek-speaking Jewish readers have drawn from this opening reflection on logos?

Hebrew sages of old were part of a movement that emphasized gaining wisdom through close observation of the natural world. See, for example, Proverbs , about observing the behavior of ants in order to live well. But these sages were not inventing wisdom; they were discovering it. For Wisdom was personified as a woman co-creating with God from the very beginning.

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Jacobs, L. But stoning him for religious reasons will only turn the common people against them. Rome must view him as a political threat and crucify him for rebellion. Why else would they have brought him to Pilate? Reta Halteman Finger - December 18, Lesson 40 - "Then add to this complicated political system another category: the Jewish rebels and messiahs who believed God wanted them to violently overthrow the Romans. Such unrest pushed the priestly caste more strongly toward cooperation with the Roman governor and against the peasants, who comprised 90 percent of the population.

Reta Halteman Finger - December 4, Lesson 39 - "Jesus is in control of the situation. He knows 'all that was to happen to him' v 4. He steps forward and questions first: 'Whom are you looking for? As they scramble to their feet, the question and the replies are repeated again: 'I told you that I AM! Only the inferior are controlled by those above them. Reta Halteman Finger - November 20, Lesson 38 - "Although the patron-client relationship is used between humanity and God, Jesus is clear that this should not be practiced among believers.

Instead he asks God to 'protect them…so that they may be one as we are one' v No more pulling rank over others because of higher social status. That is how 'the world' works. Reta Halteman Finger - November 7, Lesson 37 - "The suffering Johannine communities are symbolized by a woman in labor We can imagine Jesus as an older woman ministering to her daughter who labors to bring forth a child. Reta Halteman Finger - October 24, It is taking others on their own terms and accepting them the way they are, understanding that hurtful behavior can come from personal insecurity or even mental illness.

Agape love demands a lot of humility. Reta Halteman Finger - October 2, Lesson 35 - "The 'key verse' in this section is verse 6, which many Christians know by heart: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Instead of 'not letting hearts be troubled' , this verse has troubled Christian hearts and those from other religions alike. Reta Halteman Finger - September 18, It is a great insult, a wish to utterly shame another. Reta Halteman Finger - September 5, Judas is part of a devilish plot that Jesus strongly suspects, and he realizes this will be his last meal with 'his own.

This is his last chance to demonstrate the kind of humble caring that members of the family of God need to have for each other. Reta Halteman Finger - August 21, Lesson 32 - "Unlike the Synoptics, however, this fourth Gospel does not describe Jesus as pleading for God to rescue him from death.

In this spirit, Jesus accepts his destiny: 'It is for this reason that I have come to this hour' Reta Halteman Finger - August 1, Lesson 31 - "Does it matter who came up with the parade idea? Jesus is already popular among the common people in Jerusalem, and his raising of Lazarus is the final sign of his right to be king in Israel John What better time to show him off than to a city crowded with Passover pilgrims!

Reta Halteman Finger - July 17, Lesson 30 - "The name 'Bethany' means 'house of affliction' or 'house of the poor,' which had to be outside of Jerusalem for purity reasons. Brian Capper, an Acts scholar, suggests that Martha, Mary, and Lazarus may have had Essene connections and have sponsored a poorhouse close to their home. Perhaps Jesus originally met these siblings through his concern for the poor. Reta Halteman Finger - July 4, But can it be literally true? In our experience, dead people do not come to life again. And if it did happen, why do the other Gospels omit such a dramatic event?

Reta Halteman Finger - June 10, Lesson 28 - "The other unanswered question is how Jesus came to know and love this family. Was he a cousin or other relative? Did the sisters run a hostel for pilgrims coming to worship at Jerusalem, and he stayed with them when he came? Whatever brought them together, it was such a loving, intimate friendship that both sisters felt free to reproach Jesus for not coming sooner.

Only these three siblings are known in this Gospel as 'beloved disciples. Reta Halteman Finger - May 29, Lesson 27 - "Leaving Thelma, I knew I would never see her again in this life. I did not expect Jesus to raise her as he had raised Lazarus. If we are older than 8 or 9, we know that dead persons do not come to life again. What then can we learn from a story about a man pulled out of his grave alive after four days?

Is it a story of hope? Or is it only a legend conveniently omitted by the Synoptic Gospels? Reta Halteman Finger - May 15, Should not the shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.

Reta Halteman Finger - May 2, Lesson 25 - "Jesus then names himself as the shepherd, the 'good shepherd' who lays down his life for the sheep How is Jesus 'good'? There are two common Greek words for 'good': kalos and agathos.



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